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    dkd104 Posts: 2, Reputation: 1
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    Mar 4, 2014, 09:10 PM
    Workers' Comp Doctor says I can go back to work when I need surgery
    I've been out of work since Nov 4 2013. I've torn my rotator cuff and tendon and biceps. Two tears all the way through and one tendon has come unattached.

    Workers comp sent me to therapy for 8 weeks (which only made it worse) and then finally got me an MRI. The surgeon said without a doubt if you are going to do your job, you need surgery. ( I cook at a university and it's very physical.)

    I have not filed any previous claims. Finally, on the 18th of Feb, I saw their doctor.

    After asking me some questions and looking at the MRI and doing some range of motion tests, he says "this is nonsense that you've been dealing with this since Nov. You need surgery and that's how I'm writing it up". In fact, he said he was appalled. I didn't ask him he volunteered this info.
    Today, I get a call from the adjuster saying his report came back and he said I can go back to work. I don't understand why or how this doctor would want to mess with my life like that. They are ending my benefits.

    I can't go back to work. This is my dominant shoulder and the pain has increased vastly since I've been off. Had I gotten an MRI and surgery right away, like I begged for, I'd have been back to work by now.

    Does anyone out there know what my next move should be? I'm quite overwhelmed by this whole situation. I just want to get fixed and get back to work.
    Thank You
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    Fr_Chuck Posts: 81,304, Reputation: 7692

    Mar 4, 2014, 09:50 PM
    What does YOUR papers form the doctor say.

    Did you tell the adjuster BS and that the doctor said surgery ?

    The adjuster is most likely trying to get you to agree to go back to work, and not pay for more expense.
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    dkd104 Posts: 2, Reputation: 1
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    Mar 4, 2014, 09:59 PM
    Fr_Chuck, thanks for the response.

    I don't have that particular dr's report. It should come by mail or I'm going to ask them to fax it tomorrow

    Ms. Adjuster seemed to be unimpressed by what I told her regarding his comments. She just told me when I'd be cut off.

    I do, however, have the reports and MRI from another ortho surgeon. Who says I will never be able to go back to my job without surgery.

    I can't imagine that the doc would flat out lie, especially when HE volunteered the info.
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    ScottGem Posts: 64,966, Reputation: 6056
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    Mar 5, 2014, 05:46 AM
    I think its time to seek an attorney. There are several that specialize in Workers Comp claims.

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